From the Field this week, Michaela Fox and Patrick Canales talk about getting ready to get in the field this spring. Happy planting!

As always, make sure to contact your local agronomist with any questions you may have. Stay safe!

Hi, I’m Michaela Parks, I’m a sales agronomist for ALCIVIA out of Markesan and today we’re going to be talking about some planting considerations. This spring has been a really slow warm-up as you can tell I’m still wearing my winter jacket because it’s like 40 degrees out.

So, it is not very warm currently, we’re probably about 100 gdus behind normal so we’re definitely seeing a really slow warm-up. With that being said, planting conditions ideally you want to see about 50-degree by this time, which this currently doesn’t seem to be a trend for a little while so if you’re planting in anything below 50-degree times I’d highly recommend upping your planting population in those cooler soil times two to three thousand probably seeds per acre would be ideal. The other thing we need to be concerned about is our moisture, southern Wisconsin is considered to be moderately dry; Green Lake county, Marquette County, Dodge County, so south central would be moderately dry.

Anything up in the north we’re about normal so if you’re planting into those dry soils you want to be sure that you’re either looking at your 10-day forecast to see if any more any moisture or any sort of precip is coming, or you want to see how far down that moisture is in this soil and dropping your feeding depth to the moisture. Those would be my two tips so thank you for listening.

Hello, I’m Patrick Canales, our agronomist earlier, Michaela, was just talking about taking into consideration the dry conditions that we’re potentially going to have here in 2022. I just want to take a minute kind of talk about planter, maybe things you should be checking on your planter so when you get going into these dry conditions for success.

One of the things you know you should really make sure you’re checking is your downforce pressure. It’s going to be drier; it’s going to be harder this year, really make sure we’re getting that seed down to the proper depth down to moisture and you can get a really good stand.

Another thing you should be checking are your no-till cauldrons if you’re no-tilling make sure you got those either set to the right depth or make sure if you need to replace blades or whatever you got to do. Then also, you know if you have the ability to, if you have liquid on your planter or somewhere you’re able to put in some zinc, you know just helps with emergence on that corn in the colder soils to get it up get it going and get yourself you know a really good yield come fall.

If you have any other questions, feel free contact one of your agronomists and have safe planting season.